DETROIT (WXYZ) - The publisher of the Michigan Chronicle, Sam Logan, died on Wednesday. Logan was involved with the weekly paper for more than four decades.
The Michigan Chronicle is one of the oldest African-American newspapers in the country. Logan was a respected voice in the city of Detroit. Sam Logan was 78-years-old.
"Sam Logan was more than a Detroit icon, he was a respected pioneer in Black journalism who championed the need for coverage of a community not totally served by the mainstream media," said Mayor Dave Bing in a written statement.
More importantly, Sam was a loyal friend who will be deeply missed by all Detroiters. My heartfelt sympathies are extended to Sam's family". said Bing.
The family also sent a statement:
"It is with deep regret that we announce the death of our father and grandfather Samuel Logan, longtime and legendary publisher of the Michigan Chronicle.
At 78 our father lived a fulfilled life of service to Detroit and this nation. We thank everyone for their prayers and support at this time of grief.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, Jan. 4, from Noon to 9 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 5, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Swanson Funeral Home, 14751 McNichols, in Detroit.
Logan's funeral will be held Friday, January 6 at 10:00 a.m. at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit.
Community leaders are responding to Logan's passing.
Governor Rick Snyder:
"Sam Logan was a pioneer in Michigan journalism and a courageous advocate for Michigan's African-American community. His leadership in Detroit and Michigan transcended politics and race. As a proud newspaperman, he was passionate about the public's right to know. Sam dedicated his life to providing his readers with solid, reliable information so they could make decisions that strengthened their cities. He was fearless when it came to taking a stand, and he did so out of a genuine love of Detroit and our state. Like so many others who were privileged to know Sam, I am deeply saddened by his passing. His lifelong commitment to serving his country and his community, as well as his spirit of entrepreneurship and business acumen, will remain an inspiration to future generations. On behalf of our entire state, I extend my sympathies to his family during this difficult time."
Attorney General Bill Schuette:
"Sam Logan's enduring passion for the City of Detroit and the State of Michigan will leave a lasting legacy. The building on Ledyard was small, but Sam's influence was as large as the city he championed. Sam was always a gentleman, and his commitment to public service and unwavering passion for our state will not be forgotten. Cynthia and I are saddened to hear of Sam's passing, and we hold his family, friends and colleagues in our prayers."
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson:
"Sam Logan was a good friend whom I respected immensely. Detroit and the region have lost a strong voice and a committed advocate. In 2011, we lost Eleanor Josaitis, Arthur Johnson, and now Sam. We can't spare the loss of such great leaders in our community."
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy:
I admired him for his vision and determined work ethic. He did whatever he thought was right and fair, no matter what the consequences. I will always be grateful for his support over the years.
President and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber Sandy K. Baruah:
"The Detroit Region's business community will miss Sam Logan's leadership, including as a member of the Detroit Regional Chamber's Board. He leaves a lasting legacy of service across the community, but his most valuable contribution is his gift to bringing understanding and clarity to Detroiters of every walk of life. The Chamber sends our greatest sympathies to the Logan family and the Michigan Chronicle."